28 Days of Black Cinema: Day 14
Poetic Justice (1993)
Starring: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Joe Torry
Directed by John Singleton
Written by John Singleton
“Give me your hand Make room for me to lead and follow you Beyond this rage of poetry Let others have privacy Of touching words And love of loss of love For me, give me your hand." - Justice
It was my senior year of high school, and my God I wanted to pull off that Justice look. I was only semi successful. This movie showed us a different Janet than we were used to. Janet plays, Justice, a gum poppin, no nonsense, round the way girl who is grieving over the loss of her boyfriend, played by Q-Tip. Personally, I recall how shocked I was at all of the cussin and "nasty" talk coming from Janet in this movie. But in comparison, it was pretty tame to "Throb" of "If", to be released on her album, Janet, to be released the same year. No judgement, I LOVE Janet.
Justice is also a poet. We are treated to her poems throughout the film, which were actually written by Maya Angelou (who appears in the film). We also get Tupac, who plays Lucky. Lucky is attempting to better his life for him and his daughter. Justice and Lucky are from the same neighborhood but have two very different views on life. Circumstances get them together for a road trip that gives just enough time and experiences for them to get to know each other better and fall in love.
We are blessed with plenty of black Hollywood royalty, from Jenifer Lewis to Khandi Alexander (yes, Momma Pope!). I really enjoy this movie, but I do have a problem with the "Of course you're not happy. You don't have a man." message.